Being a peace maker when your surrounded with those who are like minded and those who love you is easy. Being a peace maker when your surrounded with those who are not likeminded and loving towards you is not so easy.
Luk 6:27 “But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,
Luk 6:28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.
Luk 6:29 To one who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also, and from one who takes away your cloak do not withhold your tunic either.
Luk 6:30 Give to everyone who begs from you, and from one who takes away your goods do not demand them back.
Luk 6:31 And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.
Luk 6:32 “If you love those who love you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them.
Luk 6:33 And if you do good to those who do good to you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners do the same.
Luk 6:34 And if you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to get back the same amount.
Luk 6:35 But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil.
Luk 6:36 Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.
It’s a tough call to walk the walk of a peace maker. Our natural instinct is to raise up and retaliate. Our natural instinct is to raise up and strike back. Word for word. Punch for punch. Action for action.
It’s not natural to turn the other cheek. It’s not natural to forgive those who harm us. It’s natural to give when we know we are not going to get it back. It’s not natural to give to and love those who hate us…and indeed its this very anti naturalism that shows us God’s way.
Christ called out – Father forgive them, for they don’t know what it is they are doing. In the midst of pain, of the cruelty of the cross, he remained merciful and through his mercy we gain the benefit of forgiveness of our sins and reconciliation with God.
This offer of forgiveness, mercy and reconciliation is freely given to all of humanity, there are no exclusions. And because in Christ there is no distinction between gender, class, nationality and age… because of the inclusivity of mercy and forgiveness – we likewise are called to treat all who are offered forgiveness, reconciliation and mercy in the same way.
In doing so, not only do we speak about the love of God through words which are easy to speak…we show the love of God through our actions and we can do this because Christ first showed us the way.